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Wooden Moose Decoration

Turn a single board and four stair parts into a fun yard decoration for the holidays.

Wooden Moose

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Jigsaw
  • Cordless drill and driver bits
  • Random-orbit sander, 100-grit sandpaper
  • Wood rasp
  • Exterior wood glue


  • 1 x 12 x 96 pine board
  • 4 - 34-in wood colonial stair balusters, #57904
  • 1-1/4-in deck screws
  • 2-in deck screws
  • Painter’s tape
  • Clear exterior wood preservative
  • Spar urethane aerosol finish (optional)

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Project Resources


Moose Parts

Step 1

Assemble the moose patters with painter’s tape.

Print the patterns for the moose parts and trim them to shape (Project Diagrams, Patterns 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7). Assemble each pattern section of the moose using painter’s tape with three sections for the body, two for the head and antlers, and two for the sides.

Step 2

Cut a 1 x 12 cedar board into five segments: two that are 18-1/4 inches long, two that are 19 inches, and one approximately 21 inches long (Project Diagrams, Cutting Diagram).

Step 3

Glue and screw together the two 18-1/4-inch-long sections and the two 19-inch-long sections of cedar using 1-1/4-inch-long deck screws to form a double-thickness board, glue the smooth surfaces of the cedar together so the rough sides are facing out. (Drive the screws near the corners of the boards to leave the maximum area to trace the body patterns.) Allow the glue to set for at least an hour.

Step 4

Place the body and head/antler patterns so they fit on the appropriate blank, trace the shapes using a marker. (The bold ink will help guide your cuts and can be sanded away later.

Step 5

Trace the sections of the patterns onto the wood blanks for the moose.

For the sides, trace one pattern onto the blank, then flip the pattern over and trace the pattern a second time (Project Diagrams, Cutting Diagram). By flipping the pattern over, this will yield a second side with the rough face of the cedar pointing out when you attach them to the body of the moose.

Step 6

Clamp the workpiece to a bench while cutting for proper support.

Clamp a glued pair of boards to the work surface with a portion overhanging the bench. Jigsaw the overhanging portion, then unclamp and rotate the work piece. Work in sections to cut the part to shape. The work surface will support the work while you keep a firm grip on the saw and make slow, steady cuts. Repeat for the remaining parts.

Step 7

Sand the irregular shapes of the moose.

Clamp each cutout to a work surface and smooth the edges. For outside curves, use an orbital sander; for inside curves, wrap 100-grit sandpaper around a dowel. Files and rasps can also help shape the parts. The exact final shape of the parts is not as critical as making smooth and flowing edges.

Step 8

Sand the surface and edges of the moose smooth.

Sand the surface of the moose parts with 100-grit sandpaper and then ease the edges with sandpaper to remove any of the lines remaining from the pattern.

Moose Assembly

Step 1

Align the head section with the main body and apply glue to the joint (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).

Step 2

Attach the sides of the moose to reinforce the body/head connection.

Center the side on the head/body so the side covers the connection and is centered on the height of the body (Project Diagram, Drawing 2). Drill pilot holes, glue the side, and drive two 1-1/4-inch deck screws through the side into the head and four screws into body to reinforce the connection.

Step 3

Flip the moose assembly over and add the second side so it mirrors the first side. Glue and screw it in place.

Step 4

Mark the top of the legs.

At one end of each stair baluster mark the angle where the leg will secure to the sides of the moose (Project Diagram, Drawing 2).  Make the taper cut using the jigsaw, then cut the legs to 26 inches long.

Step 5

Secure the first two legs to the side of the moose.

Position the legs so the bottom of the tapered section at the top of the leg is even with the bottom edge of the side. Legs should slant, not point straight down. (The leg angle is not critical; 10-15 degrees will create a stable, natural look.) Secure the angled cut section of the legs to the side of the moose (Project Diagram, Drawing 2) using glue and 2-inch deck screws.

Step 6

Add the first leg to the second side of the moose.

Flip the moose onto the opposite side. Glue and screw the third leg to the side toward the front. Position the leg in the same manner as the opposite leg -- the exact position is not critical.

Step 7

Adhere patterns to the parts.

Stand the moose on the three legs. Adjust the legs before the glue dries to modify the stance. When satisfied, position the fourth leg against the moose using the work surface to position the bottom of the leg so the moose stands level. Mark the position of the final leg with a pencil. Then lay the moose down, and attach the leg where marked using glue and screws.

Step 8

Make a holiday home for this moose in your front yard. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

Lightly sand any rough edges of the assembled moose. If you want a clear protective finish, apply three coats of spar urethane, or an exterior stain of your choosing.